Eagles GM Howie Roseman said during a Saturday press conference, "We've been looking for a runner like Miles for a few years," according to NBC Sports Philadelphia. It was obvious that Philly liked Sanders when the franchise selected him in Round 2. These words from Roseman, however, could point to the new guy having a bigger workload share ahead of him than other RBs in the Doug Pederson era. Pederson's Eagles have run with a true committee. Amid personnel shuffling and injuries, no RB has reached a 37% share of team carries in any of his 3 seasons. Philly just traded for Jordan Howard this offseason, of course, but gave up a mere 6th-round pick for a RB in the final year of his rookie contract. Josh Adams, Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement and Darren Sproles remain from last year's squad, but only Adams has reached 100 carries under Pederson and none has topped 120. Adams is also coming off shoulder surgery. None of those players looks like a big threat to Sanders' touch outlook. We wouldn't bet on workhorse touches for the rookie, but Sanders might just be the best bet to lead the backfield in opportunities right away.
Eagles RB Miles Sanders (chest) graduated to a full practice on Friday. He's good to go for Monday night's game vs. the Cowboys.
Eagles RB Miles Sanders (chest) was limited on Thursday, the team's first practice of the week. We don't have any other info on the injury, but the fact that Sanders was out there at all suggests he'll be available for Monday night's game vs. the Cowboys. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.
Eagles RB Miles Sanders has had "far too many drops" in training camp so far, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro writes. Sanders' receiving production fell off a cliff last year, when he posted a 28-197-0 line after a 50-509-3 as a rookie. His 8 drops were part of the problem. Zangaro adds that Sanders is having a good camp as a runner, looking "quick, explosive and agile." He's a safe bet to operate as Philly's lead ball-carrier this season. But his role in the passing game is in question. We'll see if he can clean up the drops going forward.
Eagles RBs coach Jamel Singleton hinted that his team plans on deploying a committee backfield in 2021. "There are very specific skill sets you need in your room," Singleton said. "You need a first- and second-down runner with that really elite ability. You need a guy that can pass protect on third down and be short yardage. You need a back that can run routes and you can put him out in empty. It’s really a combination of that. I think the days of, ‘he’s an every-down back,’ that’s a little skewed these days because of the speed, because of the contact.” There are very few every-down backs in today's NFL, so this certainly isn't a death knell to Miles Sanders. But we're curious to see exactly how much work he'll cede after the Eagles added rookie RB Kenneth Gainwell and RB Kerryon Johnson to a group that already included RBs Boston Scott and Jordan Howard.
Eagles RB Miles Sanders (knee) is out for Sunday night’s game vs. Washington. It looks like he hurt his knee in Thursday’s practice. We’ll see if it’s anything that’ll impact his 2021. Sanders’ absence leaves the Eagles’ backfield to RBs Boston Scott, Jordan Howard and Corey Clement.
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